Agenda 21 for Culture for Quebec: international component
Internationally, the theme of integrating culture with sustainable development is inciting more and more interest. Many organizations, including UNESCO, United Cities and Local Governement and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) are interested in this issue. In Quebec, the implementation of Agenda 21 for Culture (A21C) hinges on an international component with the aim of recognizing the importance and the role of culture in sustainable development internationally.
Quebec has participated in several international events to make known the importance of integrating culture into sustainable development, in addition to its efforts.
- On November 22 and 23, 2012, the French and Quebec ministries of culture came together to organize the International Symposium in Paris: Culture and Sustainable Development (link available in French only). The objective of the Symposium was to present international thinking and identify courses of action (link available in French only) to promote better integration of culture in sustainable development initiatives. The Symposium was open to the public, and in total over 330 artists, researchers, experts, cultural and sustainable development professionals, policy makers and representatives of international organizations attended to align thinking and action in order to highlight innovative practices, create new partnerships and reflect on strategies for better acknowledgment and to establish a more concrete link between culture and sustainable development.
- The Ville de Montreal participated in holding a debate on culture and development at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in June 2013.
- During a special demonstration organized by the IOF and UNESCO in New York on May 6, 2014 with the theme of culture as the economic driving force behind development: experience and success, the Government of Quebec presented the A21C and the initial results of the Chantier gouvernemental en culture.
Recognition of the importance of the role culture plays in sustainable development.